The Group H World Cup scenarios and the Group G scenarios leave a lot on the table for some surprising teams to make history in Qatar.
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The Path to the Round of 16: Switzerland, Uruguay & Ghana All Need Wins to Stay Alive


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We are through two matches of Group Stage Play at FIFA World Cup 2022. A few teams have been mathematically eliminated from the tournament and a couple teams have already secured their tickets to the Round of 16. Ahead of the 3rd and final set of Group matches, we thought it would be a good idea to look at each team and see what they will need to continue their time in Qatar.

Up until this point, the World Cup has been played one game at a time. But for the third match, all teams in each group will play at the same time. This is to dissuade collusion between teams who know they only need a draw to advance or keep another team out of the knockout rounds. It means that teams don't necessarily know the outcome of the rest of the group and must play to the worst case scenario. (Admittedly, the advent of smartphones and social media has confused this situation a bit.)

Friday, December 2nd, has Group H matches at 10 a.m. EST and then the Group Stage comes to an end with the Group G matchups at 2 p.m. EST. Both Brazil and Portugal have punched their tickets to the knockout rounds. Let's see how the other teams in their groups can join them.

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Group G: If Switzerland Can Ice Serbia, They're In

The Swiss national team he FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group G match between Brazil and Switzerland at Stadium 974.

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Brazil (6 Points) - Has already secured a spot in the Round of 16

Switzerland (3 Points) - A win against Serbia guarantees a spot in the Round of 16. A draw against Serbia and a Brazil victory or a Brazil and Cameroon draw will also see Switzerland through. A draw and Cameroon victory or a loss to Serbia will end Switzerland's World Cup.

Cameroon (1 Point) - Cameroon needs to beat Brazil to have a chance to advance. They would also Switzerland to draw Serbia. If both Cameroon and Serbia win their matches, then it would come down to goal differential with Cameroon currently 1 goal better than Serbia.

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Serbia (1 Point) - Serbia needs to win against Switzerland to have a chance to advance. They would also need Brazil to either beat or draw Cameroon. If both Cameroon and Serbia win their matches, then it would come down to goal differential with Cameroon currently 1 goal better than Serbia.

Group H: Uruguay Needs a Win and a Portugal Win/Draw to Stay in Qatar

The Uruguay team lineup before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Uruguay

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Portugal (6 Points) - Has already secured a spot in the Round of 16

Ghana (3 Points) - A win against Uruguay guarantees a spot in the Round of 16. A draw against Uruguay and a Portugal win or draw against South Korea will also see Ghana advance. If Ghana draws and South Korea beats Portugal by 2 or more goals, or if Ghana loses, then they will be leaving Qatar.

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South Korea (1 Point) - South Korea must win against Portugal to have a shot to continue. They would then need Ghana to draw against Uruguay and to beat Portugal by 2 or more goals. If Uruguay wins, South Korea needs to have their margin of victory be the same or larger than Uruguay's margin of victory. If it's not, or if they draw or lose, they will be heading home.

Uruguay - (1 Point) - Uruguay needs to beat Ghana to have a chance at the knockouts. They would also need either a Portugal victory or draw against South Korea to ensure a Round of 16 berth. If South Korea wins, Uruguay needs to win by a margin or 2 more goals than South Korea does to advance. If they win by only 1, or they draw or lose, then their World Cup will be over.

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